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Eye On Candidates
June 1, 2016

Foreign policy key for Clinton Republicans

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to be trying to scoop up votes from Republicans with concerns over businessman Donald Trump's foreign policy experience and proposals, according to The Washington Post:

Clinton launching national security case against Trump in California speech

Retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor plans to vote for Hillary Clinton for president this year, but not because the longtime Republican and former top aide to then-Gen. David Petraeus has had a political conversion. He just thinks Republican Donald Trump is too dangerous to be president.

“It will be the first Democratic presidential candidate I’ve voted for in my adult life,” said Mansoor, a professor of military history at Ohio State University.

Clinton’s campaign hopes that there are many more national-­security-minded Republicans and independents who would vote for her, even grudgingly, rather than see Trump win the White House. Those voters are an important part of the audience for her case that she is fit to be commander in chief and that Trump is not.

Clinton has begun making that argument more forcefully as her long primary battle grinds to a close. She will deliver what her campaign calls a major foreign policy address in California on Thursday, focused both on her ideas and leadership credentials and on what she will describe as the threat Trump poses to national security.

Candidates always hope to pick off some of their opponent's most reliable supporters, of course, and are rarely successful. But 2016 has produced no shortage of surprises, and if Clinton is successful in shaving off even a few percentage points from what Republican presidential candidates typically receive from members of their own party (91% for Bush in 2000, 93% for Bush, McCain, and Romney in the three most recent elections, according to the Roper Center), it could make a big difference in November.